Doubting Thomas

What exactly did Thomas learn by sticking his fingers in the wounds in Jesus’ side? Was it just flesh, confirming that the person in front of him was a real person? Or was it something more? Scripture records his response as, “My Lord and my God!” [John 20:28], but what, exactly, did he mean? Did…

Kite

It began as a simple sit-down in the office of my neighbor at work. I was feeling a little anxious, and so he offered me a chair. I didn’t have anything specific on my mind, at least nothing I was aware of, and we just chatted. Looking around his office, I noted the many personal…

Suffering, Manna and the Presence of God

Greetings friends and family. I know I haven’t posted much lately. I will again soon. What follows is the account of our cancer journey from the perspective of my wife, Kim. She was asked to give her testimony at a women’s retreat on March 16, 2018.  Reading this blows me away, honestly.  I wanted to…

Jules Show Fun

And you may ask yourself Am I right? Am I wrong? And you may say to yourself, “My God! What have I done?” Sometimes you start something and then it doesn’t stop. Maybe you can’t or don’t want to. Or both. I never thought I’d open up so much about my life as much as…

Cancer Man!

I have a new nickname, thanks to my 13-year old son, Owen. Cancer Man! He loves to smile at me, use a funny voice, and yell, “Cancer Man!” Please understand, this doesn’t come after any particular feats of strength or some special ability given me by my disease. Rather, I hear this super name at…

Two Stories: the Book

Hey folks I have some strange feelings about this post, perhaps stranger than any before. After a lot of encouragement (my mom, of course, but others), I finally compiled the blog posts into a book. I finished the writing back in November, 2017, and then my friendly design/marketing friend took over to complete the project….

Seeing Red

Greetings folks. First, thank you for all of the kind words and encouragement following my previous post. I realized that I forgot to add anything about my trip to Nashville to see the oncologist yesterday. The good news is that I had a nice visit with her, and she reiterated that the best course of…

The Candle and the Digestive System

Grief is a strange thing. It obviously ranges in power, but it nonetheless can consume our subconscious thoughts. I can sense a bit of grief since I saw the doctor Thursday to follow up from the surgery. While Kim and I both assumed that the mass that was removed from my small intestine during the…

Happy Daze

Greetings friends and family, It is Saturday morning, and I’m enjoying coffee and a fire with the family. Well, the relaxing time was briefly interrupted by our need to rescue my 17-year old daughter, Joy, who ran out of gas on the way to work this morning, but I digress. I want to provide a…

Vesuvius Is No More. Introducing Fuji.

Greetings friends and family. I write to you from my hospital bed at Piedmont Athens Regional. I refrained from updating you on Monday afternoon, deciding, perhaps to your disappointment, not to write while still under the influence of anesthesia. Now it is just the Percocet pills, but that isn’t nearly as strong as a shot…

Wine But No Bread

For those of you who remember The Far Side, by Gary Larson, you’ll probably recall the comic featured above. It is one of my favorites. It also came to mind as I wondered how best to write this post. You see, the morning of Thursday, Jan 18th, the day after my previous post where I proclaimed,…

Happy snow day

Howdy friends. If you live in the South, you’re probably enjoying the ramifications of the 1-3″ of snow that sheeted our region this week. We just learned that the kids are out of school again, and so they’re planning play dates and a potential trip to the movie theater. Obviously, staying safe is critical at…